Inklings News

Scarice recommends against full reopening of Westport schools

Following Scarice’s decision, Long Lots Elementary School will be staying in their current model and not going back five days a week.

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor

October 22, 2020

During the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice announced that he would not be recommending a full reopening of schools at this time, and that the district would be continuing the hybrid model for the foreseeable future due to concerns over an uptick...

Seasonal changes create divide in how students hang out

 Pictured Molly Liles ’22, Cailen Geller ’22 and Romy Nusbalm ’22. During the summertime, hanging out with friends was easy to do outside and socially distant. As the weather gets cooler, it will be harder to hang out in the same ways.

Theresa Vandis '22, Business Manager

October 21, 2020

During the summer, many people were able to hang out with their friends doing activities that maintained the COVID-19 guidelines by staying outdoors. As the weather gets colder, Staples students are split on whether going inside their friend’s houses is safe or not.  Some students think that going inside is saf...

Buttons of teachers’ faces aim to foster stronger sense of school community

Librarian Jennifer Cirino shows off her custom button. This new idea was something she brought to Staples as a way to help heighten the sense of community at Staples.

Lea Rivel '22, Web Arts Editor

October 16, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic when nearly everybody has a face covering, it can be easy for communities to feel detached. In order to help alleviate some of this disconnection, Staples librarians are making buttons of teachers’ faces so students can see what they look like without a mask.  Librarian ...

COVID-19 greatly alters Westport’s dance studios

Students from the Spot @ Just Dance Studios practice routines with masks on.

Madeleine Michalowski '22 and Hannah Ratcliffe '22

October 14, 2020

Virtual back to school night provides convenience, cannot recreate in-person experience

Staples parents Holly Rogers (right) and Zoran Hruskar (left) watch virtual back to school night presentations from the comfort of their home. As a precaution to stay safe from COVID-19, teachers pre-recorded or streamed their presentations live through zoom.

Maya Hruskar ’23, Blue Staff Paper Opinions Editors

October 13, 2020

Picture this: adults frantically running through school hallways, lost in the labyrinth-like maze of Staples. Their next  presentation is in one minute and they have yet to find the classroom- the stress they undergo being very similar to that of a freshman on the first day of school. This used to be ...

WWPT continues coverage during Coronavirus pandemic

Evan Trock ’22 (left) and Nick Sikorsky ’24 (right) prepare for a WWPT radio session. Students who are online can be broadcasted into this room using Zoom and can participate as usual.

Giselle Oldani ’22, Web News Editor

October 13, 2020

On March 11, students excitedly made the journey home as the bomb that is the Coronavirus pandemic dropped. In the beginning, many were happy with the gift of a few days off from school; however, being trapped at home all day soon became boring. Everyone was forced to navigate the ups and downs of d...

Beloved moviegoing experience competes with convenient home streaming services

The increase in popularity of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV and Prime Video has been a huge contributor to the decline of the movie theater industry. Their wide variety of entertainment choices and convenience to watch from home often lead people to watch films from the comfort of their home rather than going out to the movies.

Karina Murray '22, Blue Staff Paper Features Editor

October 10, 2020

It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon. You decide it’s a good day to head to the movies; your favorite blockbuster just came out with a sequel. After picking up some friends on the way, you are welcomed into the theater with the scent of buttery popcorn and people buzzing with excitement to see the long...

Cancelled Zoom calls due to substitute teachers heightens confusion

An absent teacher publishes an informative Schoology post making students aware of a substitute for the day.

Alexandra Glickman ’23, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

Given Staples’ new hybrid learning model, where half of a class attends school while the other half participates virtually, having a substitute teacher can become a confusing and stressful process for those participating online. Approximately three weeks into school, I have already experienced having substitutes,...

Online clubs enhance students’ COVID-19 experience

Students of Staples High School run online clubs through Zoom meetings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Audrey Kercher '23, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

As eager students have returned to school following a new hybrid schedule, an extracurricular activity forgotten in the excitement are clubs. Staples High School declared that clubs would be running online, but this raises doubts as to whether these clubs are even worth joining. However, these doub...

Staples schedule aches with absence of mask breaks

Students in a US History Honors class take advantage of good weather to learn while having a mask break outside.

Lilly Weisz ’23, Assistant Creative Director

October 8, 2020

I smell my own stale breath circulating inside the face mask I’ve worn all day. My ears feel like they’re being slowly pulled off my head as I desperately tug at the straps to give myself some form of relief. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a mask break? Many teachers believe that mask breaks are ...

Orphenians harmonize despite COVID-19 restrictions

Orphenians concerts cannot occur as they have in previous years such as in this performance at the Levitt Pavilion last year. Orphenians will miss performing to a live audience, which is a favorite part of the choir for many.

Karina Murray '22, Blue Staff Paper News Editor

October 6, 2020

As the curtains closed hastily on last years’ theater and choral programs due to the shut down of schools, Staples’ musicians wondered optimistically what the 2020-2021 school year would entail for the Orphenians. While the debate about sports seasons rages on, the music program is also facing drawbacks over how their rehearsals and performances will occur. ...

One-way hallways prove impractical

Abbie Goldstein '22 and Emily Goldstein '23, Paper Features Editor, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

The bell rings. I frantically race to my class, maneuvering through hallways and down stairwells. I slide into my seat, interrupting the teacher as they begin class. All because of the one-way hallways. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), schools should “provide ...

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